A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts

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A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts

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A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
Buena Vista, 1954. Mimeographic manuscript, First Draft screenplay by John Tucker Battle, 163 pp, September 5, 1952, bound with brads in blue wrappers, with title and "First Draft – Screenplay / John Tucker Battle / September 5, 1952" typed to Walt Disney Productions Script label to cover, ownership signature ("Harper Goff") in red pencil to label, with 15 divider tabs to pages' tops, each marked "BD" and numbered (#7 is missing), minimal annotations in pencil, script pages are mostly dated July 8, 1952, last 15 pp dated September 4, 1952.

Mimeographic manuscript, Final Draft screenplay by Earl Felton, 141 pp, with blue revision pages dated January 30, 1954, yellow revision pages dated February 12th, green revision pages dated March 1, and pink revision pages dated March 31, bound with brads in blue wrappers, title and "Final Shooting Script / Screenplay / by / Earl Felton" typed to Walt Disney Productions script label to cover, "Art Director / Harper Goff" typed to additional label to cover, ownership signature ("Personal / Script / Harper Goff") to title page in red ballpoint pen, minimal annotations in pencil, with mimeographic script notes from a consultant, 2 pp, stapled. With Diving Apparatus and Other Submarine Appliances Catalog D.5, Siebe, Gorman & Co Ltd, Surrey, United Kingdom, circa 1890s, hardbound, 4to; a black and white "Story and Pictures Preview Book," pp 1-23 (46 pp, blank versos); and the January 1946 issue of Design magazine with Walt Disney Library stamps and an article on Native body-painting/tattooing paper-clipped.

Jules Verne's book was initially adapted by screenwriter John Tucker Battle, but Walt Disney reportedly strongly disliked Battle's script and had him replaced. Director Richard Fleischer brought on his frequent collaborator Earl Felton to write the final version, which differs significantly from Battle's verbose draft. The Felton version in this lot includes several unfilmed or deleted scenes, including one with Goff's cameo as a stranded missionary. Also included here is a late Victorian-era diving equipment catalog, which Goff likely used for reference for Captain Nemo's crew's diving gear; an illustrated pre-release preview book featuring artwork of the deleted "Marine monsters from the ocean's depths" scene; and a copy of Design magazine from the Disney Studios Library with a bookmarked 5 pp article on "Personal Ornamentation Among Natives on Malaita Island," which Goff may also have used for reference.
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A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
A group of Harper Goff's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea scripts
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